Resorts, amusement parks, sports arenas and restaurants are among the hospitality and entertainment organizations using RFID to enhance the customer experience—and improve their bottom line.
Many hospitals that deployed RFID for a single application, such as tracking expensive medical equipment, quickly realized benefits and a return on their investment. Now, they're broadening their use of the technology to rein in costs and improve patient care.
Real-world deployments show how manufacturers, engineering firms and builders can use the technology to fight counterfeiting, complete projects on time and within budget, and improve on-site safety.
Mining companies worldwide have been using RFID to track assets, vehicles and workers above and below ground. Now industry pioneers are adopting new applications to further streamline production and reduce costs, as well as improve safety.
Adoption of industry standards and development of high-memory RFID tags mean airplane-parts tracking—among suppliers, manufacturers, airlines and maintenance companies—is poised for flight. Next on the tarmac: benefits for all stakeholders.
The global economic crisis is driving the automotive industry to adopt RFID to cut costs and improve efficiencies in the manufacture and distribution of cars—and to embrace standards to provide visibility in the global supply chain.
Oil, gas and chemical companies are working together to develop a common approach and standards for deploying RFID across the industries. The technology promises to improve safety and security while cutting costs during lean times.
From the United States to Europe, Australia and New Zealand, governments are encouraging—some even mandating—the use of RFID to track livestock, so animals can be identified quickly in the event of a food recall or disease outbreak. But even without mandates, some farmers are adopting the technology because it delivers internal business benefits.
In the new economic reality, where the apparel and footwear industry can't count on consumers' boom-time shopping sprees, retailers are turning to RFID to increase sales, reduce losses and gain efficiencies.
The U.S. Department of Defense aims to use RFID to eliminate waste, improve services and bolster security in its complex supply chain. The DOD's successes so far have convinced allies and some defense contractors to follow suit.